Garfield’s Defense Review

Garfield’s Defense Review

Aug 6, 2012

Following the launch of Garfield’s Diner, game makers Web Prancer added yet another lovable game. Garfield’s Defense is a funny tower defense game where Garfield needs to ward off invaders from conquering his prized possession – the fridge.

First of all, I love that the graphics quality in this game is better than the SD mode in Garfield’s Diner. This makes for a better gaming experience, along with its cute graphics and clever animation.

Second, the game is playable without going for in-app purchases. This, however, comes with a price – and that price is making the game a bit more challenging. Sometimes one might have to play a level several times to get through the next one. This being said, I did not mind losing repeatedly because every round is as entertaining as it is tough.

As in any other tower defense game, the main hero (Garfield) needs to defend his home (refrigerator) using his army (Odie, among others) and weapons (toy cars, boxing gloves, etc.). There is a popcorn machine that determines which army or weapon is available after a few seconds of waiting (minimum is 5 seconds). Garfield himself initially has a rolled up newspaper for hitting enemies in close quarters, which can be upgraded for something more painful (like a rolling pin or a frying pan) as long as one has enough cookies. Yes, cookies are the currency of this game.

The alien invaders are also outlandishly comical, with equally humorous weapons of their own. This does not mean, however, that they are easily defeated. To succeed, it takes quick, well-timed decisions on which army to use, when to use a certain weapon and so on. One also has to think long and hard before upgrading or buying items from the store, as this will determine the chances of surviving the next round.

Since Garfield is programmed to “attack automatically”, the game controls are as simple as tapping on either sides to move him back and forth, but it sometimes does not respond as fast as I want it to. However, tapping on boxes to activate an army or a special weapon works okay without any issues.

As mentioned earlier, in-app purchases also exist for this game although one might not need it much. But for impatient gamers who want to get ahead, cookies are available to buy at the Play Store.

It’s not really clear how many levels there are – but unlocked items usually hold the clue. Because of this and the degree of difficulty, this can either motivate gamers to keep playing it, or make them give up entirely. In my case, I was able to hang on until Stage 21 with no intentions of backing down.

Garfield’s Defense might be cute and it can easily be classified as something meant to be played by kids. This is not the case at all. The level of difficulty is enough for it to be engaging but not too much that it gets frustrating. With great graphics and interesting characters, this game is a good addition to the tower defense genre.

Garfield’s Diner Review

Garfield’s Diner Review

Jul 24, 2012

If this was any other cooking game, I would have ignored it. But seeing that this particular one was made to celebrate Garfield’s 34th birthday, I gave it a chance. Surprisingly, Garfield’s Diner is a fast-paced, delightfully fun experience. From the name of the game itself, the whole idea is to help Garfield and his friends serve customers in his diner.

The game starts out with one default server – Jon. As one completes the levels and earns enough money, there will be other characters to “buy” to serve customers better. The game has two currencies – human money and Garfield coins. Human money is earned by playing the game, while Garfield coins are for sale in the Play Store, or one can get some coins for free by downloading and playing other games.

The game has two modes for graphics quality – SD (Standard Definition) and HD (High Definition). Some phones support HD, while other lower end ones might be limited only to SD mode. Thankfully, my HTC Sensation was able to run in HD mode – and I must say there is a huge difference between the two. In HD mode, graphics are clear and crisp, while SD mode has some amount of pixelation.

The levels are easy to complete and is just a matter of tapping on customers as fast as possible. In each level, there is a specific goal to meet. One example would be earning $300, another one might be serving 15 customers, and so forth. Once this is accomplished, a player moves on to the next level. Each customer who comes in the diner immediately has a food indicator (appears on top of their head) to let the player know their order. The player must then drag that customer to the appropriate table. The customer’s food indicator will now turn into an exclamation mark, and the player must tap on that for any available server to accommodate him. Once the customer is done, he then proceeds to the counter to pay. Again, he will have an exclamation mark to tap on so a server can perform the transaction. Before the start of each level, the playing area will be highlighted with arrows and dollar signs. This means that a player can either upgrade (arrows) or buy items (dollars) for the diner. These items can be furniture to help seat waiting guests, or additional tables for different kinds of food.

It’s not the best cooking game out there, but Garfield enthusiasts would definitely want to try this out. Garfield’s Diner is a novelty game, and it may be a bit too easy for adults to play. Although it’s not that challenging, it is quite a challenge to upgrade one’s diner without buying Garfield coins. Characters (like Garfield himself) can only be bought using coins, and not the human money earned throughout the game.  However, if you don’t mind paying a few bucks (or downloading other games), then this game should continue to entertain – but maybe not as much as Garfield’s comic-strip wisdom.